Hot Cop

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"Hot Cop"
Village People Hot Cop Label.jpeg
Label to Brazilian release as B-side of "Y.M.C.A." single
Song by Village People
from the album Cruisin'
ReleasedSeptember 25, 1978
Producer(s)Jacques Morali

"Hot Cop" is a song by the American disco group Village People recorded for their third studio album Cruisin' (1978). It was written by Jacques Morali and Village People lead singer Victor Willis.[1] It served as Willis' theme song with the Village People.[2] Although not released as a single, it was a disco hit.[3] A medley with "Y.M.C.A." reached number 2 on Billboard's Hot Disco Singles chart.[4]


"Hot Cop" is a mid-tempo disco song.[5] Its danceability is enhanced by its cyclical beat.[5] Allmusic critic Amy Hanson describes the vocals as having a "funk style" that ranges from "righteous rolling to spoken word come-ons a la Earth, Wind & Fire."[5] The bassline is similar to that which Spandau Ballet would use on their early songs.[5] The lyrics are somewhat self-referential, as Willis dressed as a "Hot Cop" within the Village People concept, wearing a full policeman uniform.[2]


Allmusic critic Amy Hanson describes "Hot Cop" as a "tribute to the triumph of the disco scene, as Victor Willis patrolled the floors, letting all who dared to dance know, 'this is the hot cop talking to you. I want everybody to get on their feet.'"[5] "Hot Cop" was a disco hit during the late 1970s disco scene.[3][6] A medley with "Y.M.C.A." reached number 2 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[4] Allmusic's Hanson praises the song's vocals, both the "powerful vocals" of lead singer Willis and the backing vocals provided by the other Village People members.[5] Paul Green of Billboard Magazine criticizes the "standard disco cliche" of the refrain, with its "Party, boogie, boogie" lyrics.[7]

Other appearances[edit]

A live version of "Hot Cop" was included on the Village People's 1979 album Live and Sleazy.[7][8] The Village People performed the song in Jean Yanne's 1978 film Je te tiens, tu me tiens par la barbichette.[2] It has been included on a number of Village People compilation albums, including Greatest Hits and The Best of Village People.[3][9]

Chart performance[edit]